UMass Amherst Holds Events Oct. 19; Celebration of the Old Chapel, Tree Planting, Historic Monuments

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DATE:           Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

TIME:            1-4:30p.m.

PLACE:         East side of Recreation Center and at the Old Chapel

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is holding a series of events marking the Sesquicentennial celebration from 1-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 on the east side of the Recreation Center and at the Old Chapel.

From 1:30-3 p.m., campus officials and guests will gather on the lawn east of the Recreation Center for a ceremony that includes unveiling three historical monuments and the planting of three trees. The historical monuments celebrate the founding of the university and its historic roots as Massachusetts Agricultural College.

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy will then participate in planting trees on the site. This is part of the overall plan to mark the campus’ Sesquicentennial by planting 150 trees on the Amherst campus.

At the Old Chapel, from 3-4:30 p.m., Subbaswamy and other campus officials and guests will discuss plans to preserve and restore the historic building that is seen as an iconic symbol of the campus and its educational roots.